Happy 2019! With the new year often comes resolutions geared towards wellness and improvement for ourselves. This year, did you make any resolutions with your pups?
Our team is gearing up for a new year’s cleaning of sorts for the four-legged members of our families. Check out these tips for refreshing your dog’s toy bin so they can kick off the year with a clean start!
1. Make keep, donate, and purge piles
Sort your toys so you can make room for new ones! It’s important to keep an eye on the lifespan of your toy. Depending on what it’s made of, if it’s past its prime, it can even be dangerous for your pup.
Protip: Check out our When To Replace guide to see if your Benebone needs a toss!
2. Give dirty toys a wash
Only toss plastic, rubber, or nylon toys into a dishwasher if the manufacturer has specifically stated that it’s safe to do so. Hand washing is always a safe bet, but be sure to fully rinse the toy of antibacterial soap. Try using a toothbrush for hard to reach crevices. Rope toys made of only rope can be disinfected with a quick soak and minute in the microwave. Plush toys can be placed in a laundry bag or tied up pillowcase to be washed in the washing machine. Air dry the toys rather than sticking them into a heated dryer.
3. Replace your toy bins
If necessary, get a new toy bin for your pup! Try and find something low and wide so your dog has easy access to his favorite toys. Even something with open sides like a wire basket might be good so they can easily pick out what they want to play with. Give a DIY project a try if you want to personalize the bin for your pup — Pretty Fluffy has a great guide here.
4. Add a play rug to the toy bin
Dogs love rugs. It gives them traction when they’re ripping their favorite toy to shreds, and it’s also the perfect place for them to get a good back rub in. Consider adding a rug to your dog’s toy bin area to create a little space perfect for them to hang out in.
5. Organize your pup’s toys
Perhaps you have one toy bin for plushies, one bin for puzzle games, and one for Benebones of course! No guarantees your pup will stick with your organization system, but it’s worth a shot 😉
Have any other tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment or message us on @mybenebone social!